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2010-01-28

RLAT announces new directors

By Cindy Payne

Members of Ranchers and Landowners Association of Texas recently elected three new directors and the re-elected four directors to the board. New directors are Dr. MJ Schumacher, Jerry Baker and Jay Lewis.

Schumacher, or Maggie, as she is known in the community, brings considerable talent, education and energy to the board. A veteran of the United States Army, she is a member of the Bandera City Council. She also serves on numerous committees including Bandera’s Master Plan Steering Committee. Schumacher also edited and authored “The Pictorial History of Bandera County.”

You may have noticed her and one of her three horses at the beginning of Bandera parades carrying the Bandera City Flag, which she designed. Schumacher looks forward to working toward enhancing the county’s resources through informing and engaging the residents in RLAT activities.

A successful businessman and a long-time Texas rancher, Baker has served as president of the Texas Brangus Breeders Association and as a director for the Hill Country Brangus Breeders.

As a horse-breeder trainer, his accomplishments include winning the 1988 World Champion Amateur Cutting Horse Rider. With his family, Baker has won numerous championships, including eight world championships in American Paint Horse competition.

Rounding out his accomplishments, Baker served as a director for three different banks in the state and presently serves as an advisory director of the Uvalde State Bank.

Baker and his wife, Rebecca, now full-time residents and ranchers in Bandera County, operate a whitetail and exotic hunting operation on their ranch, The Stockade River Ranch, across from Mansfield Park. The couple’s daughter, Heidi Wyatt, owns H Bar H Ranch in Pipe Creek.

Lewis, a Texas resident for 40 years, has held numerous senior leadership and management positions in his more than 30 years as a civilian employee with the Department of Defense. He presently working as a lead systems engineer on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

A property owner in Bandera County for the past seven years, following a four-year assignment in England, Lewis and his wife, Glenda, have lived on the Spitfire Ranch for the past three years. The couple would never move back to San Antonio or any other city.

Lewis hopes to bring the perspective of both the newly transplanted resident and that of a small acreage landowner to the RLAT board.

Directors elected for another term are John Payne, Fidel Ramirez, Jerry Snelgrove and Cathy Spinks. Other directors are George Tinsley, Ed Hodges, Clifford Herbst, Don Giles and Bobby Aycock.

The next RLAT meeting is slated for Tuesday, March 9, at the Silver Sage Corral Senior Activity Center, 803 Buck Creek Boulevard. Guest speaker Bandera County Judge Richard Evans will deliver the “State of the County” address.